Hi, I’m Christina, also known as The Athletarian (athlete + vegetarian ). Welcome to my little corner of the internet, a place where I like to document my training, share recipes and food ideas, recap races, and show you bits and pieces of my life.
I was never athletic growing up. I hated sports and made every excuse in history to try and sit out in gym class. Sweating wasn’t my favourite. Fast forward to university and I fell head over heels in love with the indoor track at the athletic centre. Exercising somehow didn’t feel like a chore when I was running. It made me feel good. I looked forward to lacing up my running shoes and taking the time out of my day to do something that was good for me. Once I became comfortable with the track, I challenged myself to take my runs outdoors. Although it was hard to make the adjustment at first, I quickly learned that it was mind over matter and if I believed my legs could carry me x amount of miles, they would. I was hooked on running, be it the track, treadmill, or pavement.
I signed up for my first 10K in 2005 and since then I have run races of all distances – from 5Ks to full marathons. Each distance presents a different challenge and I think that’s what I love most about running. Whether it’s working on speed to blaze through a 5K or trying to maintain a steady pace for 26.2 miles, I’m always learning more and more about what my body is capable of.
I’ve grown a whole lot over the past few years in regards to my athletic abilities and with that came a huge shift in my diet. As a kid I was a picky eater and favoured “white foods” like bread, pasta, chicken fingers, cereal, and all kinds of other not-so-great-for-you boxed foods. I liked fruit but vegetables were always hard for me to eat unless they were white (read: potatoes). As I got older and started doing my own research on what I should be eating as a part of a well-balanced diet, everything started to make sense. My mom wasn’t trying to poison me with all those colourful foods after all! I slowly started to incorporate more healthy food into my diet and quickly learned that you crave what you eat. Eat whole, nutritious food and you will crave whole, nutritious food.
As I started becoming more serious about running, fueling my body with the right foods was something I started to focus on. I wanted to become faster, more efficient, avoid cramping, speed up recovery, and feel good on my runs. Over the years I have found that eating a plant-based diet is what works best for me and my body. I eat an abundance of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats to give me the energy I need and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I never forget to treat myself though, especially after long runs. This girl loves her pizza and nachos and chocolate and popcorn and…and…and…
After all, it’s about balance, right?
Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll stick around!
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